Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp, The First Purge, Sorry to Bother You, Whitney Reviews

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Dir. Peyton Reed
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Coming off of the epic crossover event Avengers: Infinity War where the fate of the universe was in the balance, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a refreshingly smaller adventure, in more ways than one! It's light and funny and takes everything that worked about the first Ant-Man and expands the world and characters in fun new ways. Although the movie nerd world will forever question what Edgar Wright's Ant-Man would have looked like had he not been given the boot - Peyton Reed more than stepped up to the plate!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Jurassic World 2, Sicario 2, Tag, Gotti Reviews

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Dir. J. A. Bayona
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At this point in the Jurassic franchise, the movies have no choice but to be insanely idiotic. By this fifth movie, the fact that the humans still haven't learned their lesson not to EFF with nature, I have to say I'm siding more with the dinosaurs at this point! While there's room in my heart for stupid-fun action movies (I will continue, against logic, to sing the praises of xXx: Return of Xander Cage), this movie feels like a group of Hollywood moguls collectively pissing on Michael Crichton's grave.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Incredibles 2, Hotel Artemis, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Nancy Reviews

The Incredibles 2
Dir. Brad Bird
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In 2004, when The Incredibles was released, we were just at the beginning of the superhero movie tidal wave - with only Spider-Man 2 also hitting it big that year. We're now in a completely different cinema landscape, one where superhero movies seemingly come out every week (Marvel alone has FIVE properties being adapted in 2018), which means that Incredibles 2 has a much more difficult job to set itself out from the rest of the pack. The way in which Brad Bird accomplished this was by making his heroes not gods fighting for the fate of the universe - but instead a typical nuclear family concerned about paying bills, getting homework done, and trying to keep the baby in its crib. The juxtaposition of the mundane and the fantastic is what makes The Incredibles 2 so hilarious and relatable. It's by far the best superhero movie this year!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Ocean's 8, Hereditary, RBG, The Gospel According to André Reviews

Ocean's 8
Dir. Gary Ross
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Heists are almost inherently cinematic. You get to watch a group of criminals play against the rules and plan an elaborate scheme in which there's a high probably of being caught. There are obviously a lot of stakes involved, and usually the more creative the plan and its execution, the more fun there is to be had. Steven Soderbergh understood this with his rat pack remake Ocean's Eleven, but this gender-swapped sequel, despite featuring a great, star-studded cast, misses the mark when it comes to the heist itself, which is as bland and rote as a plain donut with nothing on it.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Action Point, Upgrade, First Reformed, Filmworker Reviews

Action Point
Dir. Tim Kirkby
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Since the inception of the MTV show Jackass in the early 2000s, Johnny Knoxville and his team of "stuntmen" have come under fire for encouraging dangerous behavior. I always felt, as a fan of the show and films, that the Jackass crew never promoted their own behavior, they simply put themselves on display like human crash test dummies. However, at this point, as the guys get older, these reckless stunts have started to lose their charm. Action Point seems like a desperate attempt by an aging Knoxville to hold onto his youth - which in this case comes in the form of excessive, 80's-style binge-drinking and point blank shots to the groin.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disobedience, The Rider, Beast Reviews

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Dir. Ron Howard
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Star Wars movies used to be major cultural events. With long gaps between the films' release dates, the hype was strong with this franchise - the 16 years between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace, and the 10 years between Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens, gave fans the chance to speculate and mouth-froth for a good chunk of the calendar. Now, risking quantity over quality as well as audience hype, Disney plans to release a new Star Wars film once a year, and it remains to be seen if this decision to oversatiate people's willingness to see yet more lightsaber duels, "pew pew pew"-ing, and nostalgic references to past films will continue to thrive. It's concerning to see that this is the state of the modern blockbuster, but at least Solo: A Star Wars Story is a ton of fun!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Deadpool 2, Breaking In, Tully, You Were Never Really Here Reviews

Deadpool 2
Dir. David Leitch

The first Deadpool movie came as a subversive revelation for the superhero genre - from the opening credits it brought a biting, self-referential humor into the mix, with a witty script and hilarious performances that combined the pop culture-obsessed raunchiness of Family Guy with hyper-violent, R-rated action previously unseen in any Marvel movie. Fox took a risk and it paid off big-time, meaning a sequel was inevitable. But while Deadpool 2 has its moments, it fails to recapture that same "lightning-in-a-bottle" punk rock energy as its predecessor.

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